Lathrop Hoffman’s Unfettered was unchallenged and remains undefeated from four starts after a 10-and-one-half length romp in the $40,000 Norgor Derby over six furlongs on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
The Kristopher Cordova-owned and -trained Heza Wild Dragon showed he could have a very lucrative future with a late-running win in the $356,980 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
Chin Lee’s Pajarita Sita sped to a daylight win in the first of three trials to establish the fastest qualifying time to the Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge on Friday afternoon. ––––––––––
Lathrop Hoffman’s Unfettered, unbeaten from three starts, goes for his second-straight stakes win in the $40,000 Norgor Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. –––––––––
Cartel Quick, winner of Sunday’s $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity and the only horse in the running for the Quarter Horse Triple Crown, was euthanized Monday morning due to kidney failure, according to owner Sergio Enriquez. ––––––––––
The Racing Free team is proud to announce another race track stepping up and taking a stance against performance-enhancing drugs in racing. ––––––––––
For the first time the trials to the record Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity will be held over two days – Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 – instead of a the previous one day of qualifying races. ––––––––––
It took a final push with a little more than 100 yards to go for a colt named Cartel Quick to win Sunday’s Ruidoso Futurity by little more than a nose.
Andrew Smith’s Wicked Courage raced erratically but was controlled by jockey Cody Jensen, who had 10 screws and a plate surgically placed in his left collarbone 18 days ago, to hold on and win a tight $822,603 Ruidoso Derby on Saturday afternoon.
Trainer Todd Fincher won the first two of three trials to set the pace in the trials to the $167,000 Mountain Top Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
The Quarter Horse stakes season gets underway in earnest at Ruidoso Downs this weekend. ––––––––––
Racing Commission expected to address license next month ––––––––––
The New Mexico Racing Commission and Ruidoso Downs affirmed their position on stringent drug testing on horses who competed during opening weekend at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
Humans can’t predict what will happen the next day, much less the next hour – something which makes betting on horse racing seem like a fool’s errand much of the time. ––––––––––
Gary Thompson’s homebred Vernissage, second in the Copper Top Futurity Colt an Gelding Division, returns to head the three trials to the $167,000 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
Part of the fun of watching trials is handicapping the races, looking for what are known as “angles” that other handicappers might miss. ––––––––––
21st Running of the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity ––––––––––
20th running of the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby ––––––––––
There are two basic types of horse-racing bets - straight bets and exotic bets. ––––––––––
Raymond Simpson’s Watch Me Go drew away from a tightly packed field to handily win the $50,000 Free Spirit Handicap for the second straight year on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
Mitey Moon and Heza Wild Dragon each raced to impressive wins to head the 10 trials to the $356,980 Mountain Top Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
Class Racing Stables’ Wiredfortwotwenty tries to return from an extended layoff when he starts in the $50,000 Free Spirit Handicap at six furlongs this Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
Gary Thompson’s Threedeewoodee, second in the New Mexican Spring Futurity, returns in the 10 trials to the record-setting Mountain Top Futurity this Friday at Ruidoso Downs. –––––––––– Wizardry pulls off First Lady win
Foxpointe Thoroughbreds and Greg Green’s 20-1 Wizardry swung to the outside in the stretch and pulled away to defeat 11 other fillies and mares in the $50,000 First Lady Stakes on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. ––––––––––
Anna Garcia and Jose Orquiz’s Im Royal Quick sprinted to the front out of the gate and never relinquished his lead. ––––––––––
Through the first five trials to this year’s Ruidoso Derby at Ruidoso Downs, not much was shaking.
Racing fans knew they were in for a fast day of racing on opening day at Ruidoso Downs Friday when Ms First Prize Rose stopped the clock in the first trial to the Ruidoso Futurity. ––––––––––
The derby season at Ruidoso Downs begins on Saturday, as the track presents eight 400-yard Ruidoso Derby (G1) trials. ––––––––––
The futurity and derby seasons at Ruidoso Downs are upon us. This is the time of year that everyone involved in Quarter Horse racing – from breeders to owners to handicappers – looks forward to.